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The fourth chakra — or the heart chakra — is a powerful channel. Tied to feelings of compassion, warmth, love, caring, empathy, and kindness, it’s an intense chakra. One of the ways that you can enhance your emotional intelligence is by unblocking it.
The following fourth chakra kriya can help you do just that. When you engage in this short exercise set, you may find that it allows you to become a better listener and understand those around you. Here’s what you need to know about how to get it right.
Benefits of this kriya
- Unblocks the fourth chakra
- Opens the Heart Center
- Encourages feelings of warmth
- Enhances compassion and empathy
- Brings a level of mindfulness
- Helps support feelings of kindness
How to do this kriya
No matter where you are in your Kundalini Yoga journey, you should find that you can engage with this kriya. When you are ready to try it, ensure that you are relaxed.
Ahead of getting started, you should find a quiet place in which to practice. You may want to lay down a yoga mat or — failing that — you can use a small rug.
Start by sitting in Rock Pose, or any position that feels comfortable to you. You should be sitting on your heels with your chin pointed inward and your chest outward.
Next up, ensure that your palms are face down and your arms are at a 90-degree angle. Your arms should be parallel to the floor at all times during the meditation.
When you are ready to begin, bring the arms inward toward the chest. You should stop when you are between four and six inches from your chest. Next, move out to the sides.
Once you have completed the above movements, stretch your arms outward. Ensure that the movements you make are comfortable and that they work for your flexibility.
Put Nirinjan Kaur’s ‘Humee Hum’ on in the background. You should tune into the soundtrack as you move. However, you need to avoid chanting along to the music.
Once you have the soundtrack on, you should continue moving your arms as described above. Your arms will move in a smooth motion — going inward and outward.
As you move, pull the Navel Point in time with the music. You should find that this happens naturally. However, you can work to tune into the soundtrack if you are having trouble.
Throughout this meditation practice, you should ensure that the focus is on the tip of your nose. Whenever you lose that level of concentration, do what you can to pull it back.
Continue with the meditation practice for between three and 11 minutes. If you are new to meditation, you may want to start out with a short session and work your way up over time.
The fourth chakra kriya is simple enough to grasp. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been practicing Kundalini Yoga for a week or five years, you can use this exercise set to your benefit. If you’re looking for a way to enhance your compassion, give it a go.
See more: Kriya to Balance the Head and the Heart